Monique Lafontaine to serve as Ontario Commissioner for the CRTC

The only vacant CRTC commissioner position is now for Manitoba and Saskatchewan


Heritage Minister Melanie Joly has announced that Toronto-based lawyer Monique Lafontaine will serve as the Commissioner for Ontario of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

According to a November 29th, 2017 media release, Lafontaine has “over 17 years’ experience in entertainment and communications law.”

Lafontaine holds a bachelor of laws and bachelor of administration from the University of Ottawa, as well as a masters of laws from York University. She was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1994.

“Ms. Lafontaine’s experience and extensive knowledge will be valuable assets in her new position as CRTC Commissioner for Ontario,” said Joly, in the same November release.

Lafontaine will hold her five-year post until January 2nd, 2018.

The position was previously held by Raj Shoan, who was hired for a five-year term but was ultimately dismissed from the post in 2016.

Shoan challenged his dismissal in court and was able to return to his post on May 1st, 2017. Shoan was ultimately fired again on May 5th, 2017.

Lafontaine’s hiring falls under the federal government’s new approach to Governor in Council appointments.

“This approach respects gender parity and is supported by an open, transparent and merit-based selection process: one that will result in the recommendation of exceptionally competent candidates who truly reflected Canada’s diversity,” reads an excerpt from the November release.

The only vacant role left to be filled is the post for the Commissioner for Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Source: Canadian Heritage